Fall is finally here and so are chilly temperatures - meaning drier, sensitive skin in need of hydration and moisture! With so many skincare tools and devices out there, it's hard to figure out what you actually need and what is just a TikTok trend. Well if there’s one device that’s been around for decades and has been proven to increase hydration, it’s the humble humidifier. While it may seem like an appliance that only your parents would use, humidifiers are actually a necessity in the colder months. With colder temperatures come drier air, sensitized skin, and not to mention seasonal illnesses like colds and flu.
Believe it or not a humidifier not only has health benefits, but it has benefits for your skin, too! Keep reading to see why a humidifier should be at the top of your shopping list this season.
Humidifiers Increase Moisture in the Air
Did you know the ideal home humidity level should fall somewhere in between 40% to 60% all year round? Before deciding if a humidifier is needed, you should measure the humidity levels in your home - but it’s more than likely the dry heat from your furnace, fireplace, or heater is causing the humidity levels to drop below the optimal range.
So how does a humidifier play into this? Well, a humidifier increases the humidity levels in the air by adding a mist of moisture into the air. More moisture in the air = less dry skin for you! Sleeping in a room with optimal humidity levels will help your skin stay moisturized overnight so you can wake up to a dewier, more hydrated complexion - even when the heat is on.
Humidifiers Help Alleviate Allergies and Cold Symptoms
Because a humidifier adds moisture to the air, it can help relieve congestion, dry sore throats, dry eyes, and dry sinus symptoms. This is especially important as we get into the winter months and cold and flu viruses become more prevalent.
It can also help reduce the inflammation that comes with seasonal allergies, making it a great device to have running in your house 24/7 to keep dryness at bay. And if you have a baby or young kids, a humidifier can be a lifesaver when it comes to all the coughs and sniffles that little ones experience.
Humidifiers Help Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Adding moisture to the air not only helps with physical symptoms like allergies or dry eyes, but as we mentioned above it can help keep your skin hydrated too. If you experience dry patches of skin on your face or body or common skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema, a humidifier is a must-have for soothing dryness. Do your skin a favor and keep a humidifier running on your bedside table while you sleep so you can hydrate your skin and wake up with less dryness and irritation.
Hydrating Skincare Products to Pair With Your Humidifier
As the weather changes, we want more hydration in our skincare routine. That’s why you should add a hydrating mask to your weekly rotation to keep your skin feeling plump, hydrated, and soft and to help stop dry skin before it can start to appear. We recommend slathering this on before bed and sleeping with your humidifier on your nightstand for maximum hydration.
If you’re currently using any lightweight serums in your routine, you might want to swap it out for a hydrating facial oil. An oil that’s right for your skin type will help seal in moisture and give your skin a healthy glow. You can also use facial oil to give yourself a facial massage using a jade roller or gua sha, which will feel incredibly soothing on a cold all night! We love Rosehip Oil for most skin types, but you can use whatever facial oil works best for you and your skin concerns.
Fall and winter is the perfect time to start using a heavier cream so you can wake up to softer, more moisturized skin and help heal any dry patches or spots overnight.
The Best Humidifiers to Help You Reach Your Skincare Goals This Fall
We rounded up some cute and functional humidifiers that will help keep your room and skin hydrated for a dewy glow year-round!
A Canopy humidifier is mist-free and has dishwasher-safe parts, plus looks super chic on your nightstand. Bonus - it also functions as an essential oil diffuser so you can set a vibe in your room.
This portable humidifier is USB powered and is great for on the go. You can use it in your car or while traveling to bring hydration with you wherever you go. This one is also a good portable option because it can be refilled with just a water bottle.
A tiny humidifier is perfect for keeping at your desk while you work so you can keep your skin hydrated and help you breathe easier, especially with drying office air.
If you have a larger room, this XL humidifier can hydrate rooms up to 500 square feet. That’s great for common areas like living rooms or kitchens, too - keep your whole home hydrated!
As you can see, having a humidifier is extremely important for keeping the air in your home hydrated and healthy. As we approach the colder months, a humidifier should absolutely be on in your home 24/7 to not only improve the hydration levels in your home but to keep your skin moisturized and also help soothe symptoms of allergies, colds and flu.
Are you planning on getting a humidifier this fall? Let us know how you keep your skin hydrated in the colder months in the comments below.